Maskne: the new acne?

Masks are undoubtedly hard on your skin, but they play a vital role in combating the spread of coronavirus. Maskne, the acne caused by wearing a mask is the most common side effect of wearing a mask. It is remarkably like the kind of acne a football player may get where the helmet rubs.

Why do face masks often cause acne?

  1. Clogged pores due to oil, makeup, bacteria, and dead skin cell build up.
  2. Humidity due to breathing and sweating increase the risk of acne.
  3. Chafing and irritation caused due to friction and rubbing of skin and mask.
  4. Wearing a mask washed by scented detergent may also irritate the skin causing acne, rashes, bumps, or chafing.

So, what is the best way to protect your skin from unwanted peeling, rashes, itchiness and acne? We have 8 top dermatologist recommendations to help you deal with these problems.

  1. Cleanse and moisturise your face daily with mild, fragrance free cleanser. For most benefit use moisturizers with ceramides, hyaluronic acid and dimethicone.
  2. Don’t ignore and protect those lips with balms to avoid chapping or dryness.
  3. Skip the makeup as it tends to clog more pores under the mask. Go for non-comedogenic formulas if bare face is not your thing.
  4. Avoid experimenting new skin care products as it may lead to skin irritation.
  5. Wear the right kind of mask, you must choose double-layered, soft, breathable cloth. Synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester and rayon are more likely to irritate your skin.
  6. Take mask break every now and then but make sure that you are at a social distance while doing so.
  7. If you’re using a reusable mask, then wash it after each use. It will remove skin cells, oils, and dirt from the surface of the mask.
  8. Follow the skin care routine suggested by your dermatologist or aesthetician and let them know if your skin feels irritated.

How to treat if acne disrupts under your mask?

If you end up being attacked by maskne, try the following recommendations:

  1. Use any over the counter topical ointment at night on your pimple.
  2. Wash your face gently every morning and night to take off the impurities.
  3. Try to avoid high glycaemic (sugary) foods and dairy items.

We cannot state this enough that you should continue wearing a mask in public. Ignore to be out in public not wearing mask in public spots. Let us know what you think!


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